Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Really small
Size
Compact 100x55x25 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
100x55x25 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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2.7x smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
185 g vs 306 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$145.00 vs $178.49
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The best price we've seen is $33 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/1000s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS:$145.00
SX150 IS:$178.49
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
SX150 IS:0.9 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
500 HS:3,200 ISO
SX150 IS:1,600 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
SX150 IS:12x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$160 - $180

Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279 - $383

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$122

Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$164

Macro focus Better macro capability
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$289

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Touch screen No touch screen
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Travel zoom

$125

Macro focus Better macro capability
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$129

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $180

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Travel zoom

$184

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$346 - $429

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly larger
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Entry-level DSLR

$1,000 body only

$1,600 with 17-85mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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